As a new era kicks off for Tennessee football this week, fans are once again naturally going to expect new traditions and new flare with the program. Hey, the Vols are at their best when they have aspects of the program that stand out.
Well, when Josh Heupel leads UT through the T for his first game against the Bowling Green Falcons Thursday night, at least one thing will be different. A common tradition, though, appears as if it will stay relatively the same.
Rocky Top has added a light show to Neyland Stadium. This is something similar to what the Alabama Crimson Tide already do. Earlier this week, a preview of what that light show will look like was posted on social media.
That’s the major change for Tennessee football. However, the uniform combinations were revealed a day later. Those aren’t much different from the Vols’ standard historical uniforms, as they are orange jerseys with white pants. Only the classic Nike cleats stand out.
Now, to be fair, with the new light show coming, Danny White probably wants to save a new uniform revelation for another home game. That way he can spread things out to continue making a splash with the program.
Nobody has ruled out potential black jerseys, the return of the Smokey Grays or any other unuique combination. One thing White clearly understands is that it’s important to stay ahead of the curve on such things. He helped turn around the UCF Knights doing that, and White has pointed out that the Vols’ own history is filled with them starting new traditions.
On Thursday, the new tradition with LED lights begins. At least Tennessee football is catching up to other schools in entertainment value with such a move. The next move for them will obviously be to find a way to jump out ahead of the curve. Well, the entertainment that will come with Josh Heupel’s offense could certainly play a role in that.